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Benton native Cliff Lee will earn $11 million next year with Phillies

NEW YORK (AP) - Cliff Lee starts off his $120 million, five-year

contract with the Philadelphia Phillies with a relatively modest

$11 million salary next season.

Including an option for 2016, the deal could be worth $135

million for six seasons, according to contract information obtained

Tuesday by The Associated Press.

His pay escalates to $21.5 million in 2012 and increases to $25

million in each of the following three seasons.

There is an option for 2016 for $27.5 million with a $12.5

million buyout. For the option to become guaranteed, Lee must pitch

200 innings in 2015 or 400 innings combined in 2014 and 2015, and

he also must not finish the 2015 season on the disabled list

because of a left shoulder or elbow injury.

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